Toothpaste, deodorant, and bar soap seem like such simple, innocent products. Yet even these are often loaded with harmful toxins that you’re better off not putting on or into your body. Making your own personal care products is a fun and easy way to ensure that you are cutting out unnecessary chemicals from your daily routine. Aside from removing toxins from your routine, making your own personal care products will also help you save a lot of money in the long run. It’s a win-win situation!
Plastic toothpaste tubes create unnecessary waste. When you make your own toothpaste, you can transfer it to a clean glass jar or stainless steel container, both of which can be reused again and again.
Melt coconut oil in a double boiler over low heat. Mix in baking soda and peppermint essential oil until well combined. Remove from heat, and continue to gently stir while the mixture cools. Place into a glass jar or stainless steel container. To use, simply dip your toothbrush into the container or use a small spoon to put the mixture onto your toothbrush.1
A lot of DIY deodorant recipes use baking soda, but this often irritates those who have sensitive skin. Baking soda often causes rashes and irritation, especially if you reapply your deodorant multiple times a day. If you’re worried about making the switch to an all-natural deodorant, try this recipe instead.
- 2 tbsp shea butter
- 3 tbsp coconut oil
- 3 tbsp beeswax pellets
- 1 tbsp arrowroot powder
- 40-50 drops essential oils of your choice
In a double boiler, melt shea butter, coconut oil, and beeswax over low heat. Add arrowroot powder and mix well. Remove from heat, and add in your choice of essential oils. Pour immediately into empty deodorant containers, or a glass jar. Let cool, and use immediately!2
Making your own cold-process soap requires a bit of an investment up front, but can save you hundreds of dollars in the long run. It is a bit more scientific than some other DIY recipes, but don’t let that scare you! Making your own soap can be extremely fun, especially when you start experimenting with different natural colorants, exfoliants, and scents.
- 500g extra virgin olive oil
- 100g coconut oil
- 80g lye
- 195g water
- Optional add-ins:
- Essential oils of your choice for scent
- Coffee grounds, lavender buds, oatmeal, loose tea leaves, sea salt, sugar, poppy seeds, or rose petals for natural exfoliants
- Alkanet root powder, beetroot powder, turmeric, chlorophyll, cocoa powder, cinnamon, ground coffee, green tea powder, indigo powder, madder root powder, Moroccan red clay, rose pink clay, spirulina, or woad powder for natural colorants
- Mix your lye into your water in a glass bowl in a well-ventilated area. It’s important NOT to do this step the other way around. The bowl must be able to handle high heat.
- While the lye mixture is starting to cool down, weigh and mix together your olive and coconut oils.
- Use a kitchen thermometer to take the temperature of both the lye and oil mixtures. When the two mixtures are within 10 degrees F of each other, pour the lye mix into the oil mix and gently blend with a hand blender.
- After a few minutes, the mixture will begin to thicken and take on the consistency of mayonnaise. This is known as ‘trace’. When you reach this stage, you can add in any essential oils, exfoliants, or colorants. Mix until these are incorporated.
- Pour into soap molds. These can be silicone pans or small plastic containers.
- Cover lightly with a towel and set aside for 24 hours.
- After 24 hours, check the consistency. If it is hard enough, you can remove from the mold and cut into the desired size. If the soap is still too soft, leave it another few hours and check again.
- Let sit for approximately one month, flipping the bars every couple of days to let the soap dry out and harden.
- Use your bars as you would any other bar soap!3
Once you begin to make your own personal care products, you may get the DIY bug and want to replace even more store-bought items. You can learn how to make your own bath bombs, body wash, hair spray, face wash, and more!
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